Cobbler stepping up to help “End Polio Now”

Local Entrepreneur and Rotarian of the year Frank Ripley is helping the world march towards a future free of polio.

Ripley has joined Rotary past district Governor Tim Schilds to help children with Polio through their immunization program.

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Ripley—inventor of the wildly popular Rip’s Ice Cleats—is donating a portion of the profits from each pair of cleats sold to support the End Polio Now Program.

The money raised goes towards immunizing children from Polio.

While polio cases have been reduced by over 99 percent since 1988, the disease has not been eradicated.

Polio is a virus, typically spread through contaminated water, which affects the nervous system and can leave its victims paralyzed.

Ripley developed his cleats after a fall many years ago. Through product testing, innovation and a solid business plan, the Rip’s Cleats sales took off and are now sold Canada wide with over 300+ dealers.

The Cleats have expanded into the US and come in a variety of models for everyone from industrial users to seniors who wish to prevent fall injuries on ice and snow.

“I have always been a big believer in Rotary and supported their many programs and charitable work,” says Ripley.

“With the success of my Ice & Snow Cleat business, I felt it was time to move things up a notch. With my association and the support of local Past Rotary District Governor, Tim Schilds, we developed a program to donate a portion of each sale of our cleats to the End Polio Now program.

“I am proud and honored to help Tim and his team at Rotary International. It’s a win/win for all involved. ”

In 2016, the local Rotary Club awarded Frank “Rotarian of the Year” for his hard work and dedication to Rotary and its many programs. As a supporter of Rotary, the next step for Frank was to support the End Polio Now program.

“As a fellow Rotarian, it was exciting to see Frank come onboard and show the leadership in both his business and community and support Rotary as he has,” says Schilds. With the funds donated from the sale of Frank’s Ice Cleats, we hope to see many hundreds of children receive the polio immunizations they need to prevent this crippling disease” said Schilds.

Both Ripley and Schilds hope to see other local businesses get involved in Rotary’s efforts to end polio around the globe. Rip’s Cleats is only one small business in the north that has decided that they want to share the success of their business with those in need.  

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